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What is the advantage of mediation over filing a lawsuit?

Mediation provides many benefits when compared to filing a lawsuit. Negotiating a settlement through mediation is voluntary, so neither party is forced into something of which they do not wish to be a part. Resolutions in mediation are mutually beneficial and often have the ability to preserve a respectful and amicable relationship once the dispute is settled. Mediation is efficient and can help disputing parties resolve their differences in hours, as opposed to days or months. Finally, mediation is less formal and provides the opportunity to create flexible and creative solutions that would not be an option in the courtroom.